Sherry L. Martin is a foreign affairs research analyst at the United States Department of State. Prior to entering the civil service, Martin was an associate professor jointly appointed in the Government Department and the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. Her areas of expertise include mass participation in politics, public opinion, electoral institutions, political socialization, and gender and politics in Japan and the United States.
Her research on the relationship between gender, a decline in partisanship, and widespread feelings of political alienation in contemporary Japanese politics has appeared in the Social Science Japan Journal and the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. Martin's new book, Popular Democracy in Japan: How Gender and Community are Changing Modern Electoral Politics, was published with Cornell University Press in March 2011. This new work examines how institutional changes combined with new patterns of citizen engagement to create the conditions for higher levels of electoral participation than might be expected throughout a period of Japanese politics led by an entrenched elite widely criticized for being unresponsive to voters. Martin earned her AB in politics from Princeton University and her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
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